Home and away week begins Wednesday

Home and away week begins Wednesday

A run of four straight games against Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association competition concludes Wednesday, Nov. 30, for Manchester University.

Game details: Tip-off is 7:30 p.m. between the Spartans (0-3) and Comets of Olivet College (2-3) at Stauffer-Wolfe Arena … Live audio and statistics can be accessed via links at www.muspartans.com, the Internet home of Manchester University athletics … The series stands at 7-7 with MU winning at home last season and OC claiming a victory the year prior on their floor. Prior to 2013-14, the two programs hadn't played since 2003-04.

Spartan Shorts: Manchester University put together a gritty 40 minutes to end its pre-Thanksgiving holiday schedule Nov. 23. Sophomore guard Adrian Johnson (Indianapolis, Ind.) posted a team-high 16 points on six-of-11 field goal shooting to go with two assists, one of two steals the home team gathered and two rebounds. Junior forward Kenny Doss (Chicago, Ill.) came off the bench for a productive evening of 15 points, seven rebounds and a pair of blocked shots, and senior guard Tyler Alexander (Indianapolis, Ind.) added 10 points as part of a hard-fought defeat at the hands of Trine University … Playing in front of a small but vocal Black and Gold crowd inside Stauffer-Wolfe Arena, the two sides spent most of their Thanksgiving Eve clash throwing haymakers at each other. Trine, improving to 3-1, bolted out to a 17-7 advantage less than five minutes in, but the Spartans, dropping to 0-3, found themselves leading 28-27 at the 5:03 mark on the heels of a 20-11 stretch. TU answered late in the half, going on an 8-0 roll to lead 35-31 at the break. The visitors continued that stretch, building the lead to as much as 11 during the second 20 minutes before the Spartans surged down the stretch, cutting the deficit to two (66-64) with 5:30 left. Enter Thunder guard Will Dixon who connected on a bucket, was fouled and hit a free throw to extend the lead to 69-64 which was enough to ignite the visitors down the stretch to the win … Through three contests, the Black and Gold are ranked in the top five of two overall Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference statistical categories. Senior guard Chase Casteel's (Monrovia, Ind.) team-leading 6.7 boards per game are fifth-best, and freshman guard Erik Bell's (Evansville, Ind.) squad-topping 62.5 percent accuracy from outside the arc is second behind only Bluffton University's Trey Elchert who's hitting at a sizzling 64.3 percent clip. Looking further, Johnson is 10th in scoring (14.3 points per game) and tied for ninth in steals with Alexander (1.3 pg); and the inside duo of Doss and freshman Chris Hill (Fort Wayne, Ind.) is tied for ninth in blocked shots (.7 per game) … The Spartans move into conference action Saturday, Dec. 3, traveling to Hanover College for a doubleheader with the women's team that has start times of 3 p.m. for the men's game and 5 p.m. for the women's match-up.

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